New Lumo train service linking London and Edinburgh launches with fares from £14.90 and the firm pledging to provide ALL passengers with ‘good seats’
- Lumo, a new Anglo-Scottish train service, launched in London’s King Cross today
- With fares from £14.90, the electric rail firm hopes to compete with the airlines
- Lumo pledges to offer seats with ‘optimised legroom and larger tray tables’
A new Anglo-Scottish train service has launched in an attempt to compete with airlines.
The inaugural London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley Lumo service departed at 10.45am today.
The journey along the East Coast Main Line is scheduled to take around four-and-a-half hours, stopping at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth.
Lumo, a new Anglo-Scottish train service, has launched in an attempt to compete with airlines
Lumo – owned by FirstGroup – will initially operate four daily services.
This will be increased to 10 early next year.
One-way fares were advertised as being available from £14.90 although many of the cheapest tickets are sold out.
The firm is competing with state-run train operator London North Eastern Railway and airlines in providing Anglo-Scottish travel.
It is using five new Hitachi AT300 intercity electric trains with no first-class section.
Instead, Lumo is pledging to provide all passengers with ‘good seats’ which have ‘optimised legroom and larger tray tables’.
A Lumo train arrives at King’s Cross for its inaugural journey to launch the new train service
Singer-songwriter Tom Walker, pictured, performed a live gig to volunteers from The People’s Kitchen, Lumo’s charity partner, during the journey
Managing director Helen Wylde said demand for tickets has been strong, particularly at weekends as people take leisure trips and visit friends and family.
She went on: ‘The support we have received for Lumo has been fantastic.
‘We have always said we intend to reimagine rail travel and we are glad people are giving us a chance.
Harvey Price (second from the left) and singer-songwriter Tom Walker (third from the left) are seen with the Lumo team during the launch
The inaugural London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley Lumo service departed at 10.45am
‘Tickets are selling well beyond expectations, and we have had great feedback about our commitment to offering a different kind of rail company.
‘However, rest assured we are not complacent and understand we must earn travellers’ trust in the Lumo promise.’
Lumo is an open access train operating company, meaning it does not receive state funding.
Singer-songwriter Tom Walker performed a live gig to volunteers from The People’s Kitchen, Lumo’s charity partner, during the train’s inaugural journey.
Harvey Price, son of model and TV personality Katie Price, also made an appearance at the launch in London.
The teen is the diversity and inclusion ambassador for the electric rail company, in a role that will see him work alongside the firm to encourage a better understanding of the challenges of rail travel for people with disabilities.
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